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An Fharaid (4821)

Current Priority
2
East
239230
North
969630
Site Type
Structural Remains
Period
Unknown

Within sand dunes above and to the E of a rock cliff, there is a c 0.5 m length of three rounded boulders in situ, partially beneath the old turf line. These are exposed in an eroded hollow within the dune. There are a further 18-20 similar boulders strewn over the sand dune below this point.

ShoreUPDATE 3/11/2014 There is a midden in the blow-out and also right on the cliff edge where it is eroding continually. There is also a carbon horizon (burnt) below the turf line. There are the remains of a wall above the site, which has perhaps partly collapsed into the blowout. The midden contains limpets, edible and periwinkles, dog whelks, a mussel, a native oyster and an Icelandic bivalve, fish bones, a corroded metal button and an interesting bone (a chance of a human finger?) midden 15m or more wide. partially collapsed down the slope.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
None

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Record 2: 25 on map 2 in North Sutherland Survey: Coastal Zone Assessment, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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3rd November, 2014 by rozsummers
Survey Information
User:
rozsummers
Date:
Nov. 3, 2014
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
<10m
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; vegetation growth; animal burrows; visitor erosion; structural damage/decay
Description:

Within sand dunes above and to the E of a rock cliff, there is a c 0.5 m length of three rounded boulders in situ, partially beneath the old turf line. These are exposed in an eroded hollow within the dune. There are a further 18-20 similar boulders strewn over the sand dune below this point.

ShoreUPDATE 3/11/2014 There is a midden in the blow-out and also right on the cliff edge where it is eroding continually. There is also a carbon horizon (burnt) below the turf line. There are the remains of a wall above the site, which has perhaps partly collapsed into the blowout. The midden contains limpets, edible and periwinkles, dog whelks, a mussel, a native oyster and an Icelandic bivalve, fish bones, a corroded metal button and an interesting bone (a chance of a human finger?) midden 15m or more wide. partially collapsed down the slope.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Survey species in midden (shells and bones)

reassign priority 2, archaeological remains being exposed in blow out which may be related to possible structures recorded by CZAS

Photos

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Am Fharaid midden by rozsummers
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Overlooking midden by rozsummers